Maison Martin Margiela

Martin Margiela (born April 9, 1957 in Genk, Belgium) is a Belgian fashion designer. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp) in 1979, a year before the Avant-garde fashion collective the Antwerp Six.

Martin Margiela first got the fashion world thinking in 1989 with a collection that challenged what luxury could be. Applying 'grunge' techniques such as deconstruction, recycling and raw finishes, in an intelligent and sleek manner, his ideas provoked shock and intrigue. In a rejection of mass media culture, Margiela became an anonymous design hand and has hardly ever been photographed or interviewed. Working under the collective 'Maison Martin Margiela' for over 20 years, Margiela left the label in 2009, however a 'faceless' team continue to produce surreal and challenging collections.

Maison Martin Margiela – The Artisanal Collection

Ingenious Fashion: Viktor And Rolf

Viktor & Rolf is an Amsterdam-based fashion house. The company was founded in 1993 by designers Viktor Horsting (born 1969, Geldrop) and Rolf Snoeren (born 1969, Dongen).

With a background of conceptual, high-defining aesthetics, Viktor and Rolf has been regarded as fashion's daring designer duo. Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeder both met at the Arnhem Academy of Art & Design, while studying there in 1993. Although usually showing in Paris Fashion Week, the brand is based in Amsterdam.

Maison Martin Margiela Fall 2010 Couture

Yohji Yamamoto Autumn/Winter 2001/2

While we're not fans of their new comeback couture collections, the designers have always fascinated us with their concepts and their design aesthetic. With their S/S 2010 collection, crowds were treated to a set of tulle gowns, that were explicably hacked at with a chainsaw. You can obviously see the effect of this move; the dresses were something out of a fantasy. A powder blue gown was cut in half, with six inches between the upper and lower part. It was as if the model was floating on the runway! "With the credit crunch and everybody cutting back, we decided to cut tulle ball gowns," said Snoeren of the clever move. 

Olivier Rousteing: Balmain Spring/Summer 2015

Jil Sander and the final show by Raf Simon


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